Installing Sussex Fencing in Wellesley Woodland

Today Jenny & I met the Wellesley Volunteers to install a new fence near Prince’s Avenue to mark the steep ditch from the path. The split chestnut was sourced sustainably from only a few miles south at Rowhill Nature Reserve. Traditional Sussex fencing lends itself to this split local timber, and it’s interesting avoiding using any screws or nails. It proved to be a real brain teaser working out how to slot the mitre joints together but really satifying producing a neat job. A big thank you to Mike, Sean, Paul and Gerry for all their help.


Paul tapping post onto the rails


Setting the last post


The completed Sussex Fence

Ranger Stuart


About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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